New York > Plattsburgh Half Marathon & Relay
Plattsburgh, NY • Sunday, April 21, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its fourth annual running here in this small city in the northernmost corner of New York state, less than an hour's drive south from the Canadian border, the Plattsburgh Half Marathon added a two-person half marathon team relay to its individual race for the first time in 2012, for an event that welcomes about 1,000 runners each year.
The race takes runners on an out-and-back tour of Plattsburgh, a city of about 20,000 residents here along Cumberland Bay, on the northern shore of Lake Champlain that divides New York and Vermont. The starting line for the race overlooks the lakeshore from the U.S. Oval Historic District, a onetime former U.S. Army barracks that today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and where its officers' quarters, hospital, barracks buildings, chapel and parade ground still stand.
Runners leave the U.S. Oval heading south from the race start, running along the road around the oval and then onto Ohio Road and Nevada Oval before turning onto the Terry James Gordon biking, walking and running path, which keeps runners along the lakefront for the first two to three miles of the race. Next, runners turn left onto Jay Street and then onto Bridge Street, which they'll follow over the Saint Lawrence River into the city and onto the campus of SUNY-Empire State College.
The race then makes what is roughly a clockwise loop through the city, heading through the Empire State College campus, past Blumette Park and through downtown Plattsburgh before heading back toward the lakeshore for a stretch along Cumberland Avenue, which will feature views of Cumberland Head peninsula off in the distance across the bay. Once they make their way south back toward Bridge Street, runners will cross the bridge over the river a second time and then make their way south back toward the U.S. Oval, where the race finish line lies.
Organizers plan to open the race to a maximum of 1,000 entrants for the individual half marathon and 100 two-person teams for the relay, for a maximum of 1,200 runners total in both events. The scheduled starting time for the race is 8:00 AM, and organizers will provide shuttle bus transportation for runners to the mid-way point of the race for the second leg of the half marathon relay.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Champlain's Cumberland Bay in northern New York state, just miles from the U.S.-Canadian border and roughly 310 miles north of New York City, Plattsburgh typically sees April temperatures that average between 54°F and 35°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 2.4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 21), the average high is 55°F and the average low is 36°F.
View the race route map for the Plattsburgh Half Marathon
$40 for the individual half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2012
$50 between January 1 - February 28, 2013
$60 betweeen March 1 - 31
$70 for the half marathon team relay, if registered by Dec. 31
$80 between Jan. 1 - Feb. 29
$90 between March 1 - 31
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of the Plattsburgh Half Marathon or 2-person Relay race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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